A loan of $525 helped to buy pigs in neighboring towns, which offer her a good price, and cheese.

Vilma's story

Vilma, who is 43 years old, lives in San Jacinto, a town located in the department of Bolivar, with her three children, ages 11 to 21. There she sells cheese and raises pigs, which she sells to customers in her town. She began her business of selling cheese when she learned from a relative, who was buying milk to make cheese, how this business worked. Vilma began with a few customers and today supplies stores, granaries, and the community in general, who are also her customers for her pig-raising business. Her goal is to expand her business and increase her working capital. This is why she has turned to her Kiva loan, the first loan that she has obtained from Fundación Mario Santo Domingo, with which she will buy pigs in neighboring towns, which offer her a good price, and cheese to respond to her growing clientele. At this time her business has financial indicators of returns on sales of no less than 11%, and with her investment she plans to make them grow. Her dream is to be able to support the professional education of her three children, who are now aged 11 to 21 years old, so that in the future they will be successful professionals who are useful to society.

Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Pam McMurry

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